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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Too Smart for Socialism

First Arlo Guthrie, now John Lennon! I wonder how many other '60s icons were secret conservatives? From the Toronto Sun:

Lennon was a closet Republican: Assistant

John Lennon was a closet Republican, who felt a little embarrassed by his former radicalism, at the time of his death - according to the tragic Beatles star's last personal assistant.
Fred Seaman worked alongside the music legend from 1979 to Lennon's death at the end of 1980 and he reveals the star was a Ronald Reagan fan who enjoyed arguing with left-wing radicals who reminded him of his former self.

In new documentary Beatles Stories, Seaman tells filmmaker Seth Swirsky Lennon wasn't the peace-loving militant fans thought he was while he was his assistant.

He says, "John, basically, made it very clear that if he were an American he would vote for Reagan because he was really sour on (Democrat) Jimmy Carter.
My father, whom I cannot say disliked popular music because I don't believe he listened to it ever in his entire life, nevertheless owned that John Lennon had superior intelligence and ability but sadly misused it, particularly regarding his drug use and his influence on the youth culture. I think this bit of news about Lennon would have pleased him. I, actually, am not terribly surprised, nor should anyone familiar with the lyric to his song Revolution. And it's hard to believe the rest of the Beatles would agree to George Harrison's Taxman going on the Revolver album, let alone leading it off, without harboring at least some sympathy for the message contained in it.

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